IC3 – Building a Computer and Technology Literate Future
Roughly 20 years ago, somewhere in 1997-98 or perhaps, a bit earlier than that, LOGO and DOS used to form the then latest forms of technologies being taught for around 30-45 minutes during the week in some of the schools. However, since then, computers and technology have undergone several transformations. Today, computers have become a routine, and most of the teenagers are well adept at computers and the Internet. However, in order to be globally recognized and to get endorsed for your technical skills to match the ones required for an entry-level employee, IC3 is the training program you need to undergo. Here’s a blog that talks quite a lot about IC3.
The inclusion of computer learning in the educational routines of schools and colleges has now reached almost each and every corner of the nation. As said earlier, it was roughly two decades ago when the first computer sessions were conducted in the urban schools of the country. However, as they say, what brought you here, would not take you there! Although there have been considerable upgrades over the years, yet, there is a lot scope for improvement through the adoption of innovative training techniques, including subject-matter relevant in the modern context and organizing global certifications for students who would carve the future of this nation.
In view of creating a comprehensive literate generation native to the use of technology and computers, the IC3 program was designed and introduced. The IC3 program is comprised of three certification programs namely, IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, IC3 Spark, and IC3 Fastrack. These certifications are further classified into three types, IC3 Computing Fundamentals, IC3 Living Online, and IC3 Key Applications. We will be looking at all these three types in brief as we proceed with this blog.
IC3 Digital Literacy Program
IC3 is creating digital literates across the globe by currently operating in around 78 countries, in 12 languages, and by having conducted more than 3 million examinations.
The IC3 GS4 level exam aims at the below.
|Computing Fundamentals||Key Applications||Living Online|
|What is an OS and what does it do?||Common Application Features||Internet, Browsers, and WWW|
|Manage computer files and folders||Basic Text Formatting||Navigation on the internet using a browser|
|Computer Configuration, OS drivers, Control Panel||Navigating Folders and Files||Internet Connection|
|Common computer terminology||Working with multimedia files||Network types and features, capabilities|
|Types of Computers & Mobile devices||Word processing activities and methods||Network connection troubleshooting|
|Computer performance||Tables & Lists||E-mail communication|
|Installing/Uninstalling Software||Page Layout||Real-Time communication|
|Understanding SW licenses||Spreadsheet components||Digital citizenship /“NETIQUETTE”|
|Types of software applications & tools||Worksheet Layout||Communication standards|
|Troubleshooting basic software problems||Working with Data||Legal and responsible use of computers|
|Troubleshooting basic hardware problems||Presentation activities||Secure online communication or activity|
|Devices and Peripherals||Inserting content||Ergonomics|
|Backup and Restore||Slide Management||Research fluency|
|Slide Design||Using Search Engines|
|Basic Database Interactions||Evaluate search results|
|Record Managements||Using advanced features of search engines|
Besides the above, as a result of some upgrades in the certification program, some concepts such as Cloud Computing, Database, working with multimedia files, Digital Citizen, Safe Computing, Critical Thinking, etc. have been newly added.
Let us now look at some of the IC3 GS5 objectives.
|Computing Fundamentals||Key Applications||Living Online|
|Mobile Devices||Common Features (selecting, copy, cut, paste, etc.)||Internet Navigation|
|Hardware||Word Processing||Common Functionality|
|Computer Software Architecture||Spreadsheets||Email Clients|
|Backup and Restore||Databases||Calendaring|
|File Sharing||Presentations||Social Media|
|Cloud Computing||App Culture||Communications|
|Security||Graphic Modification||Online Conferencing|
Global Digital Literacy Council (GDLC)
The training and certification standards of the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification are governed and controlled by the Global Digital Literacy Council. This council is comprised of experts all over the world from different parts of the educational chain such as education, the industry, and the government. Moreover, IC3 Digital Literacy Certification is approved by GDLC chapters across the globe.
The IC3 Spark Certification is a global certification program aiming at educating middle school-aged students. It is considered to be a solution to the ‘Digital Natives’ myth and empowers students with the fundamental knowledge required to excel in every environment that demands an individual to be well-versed with the use of computers and the Internet.
The IC3 Spark Certification is a 50 minutes examination comprised of 60 questions covering objectives entailing the basic computing skills, key applications and the use of the Internet, or in other words, called as Living Online.
Living online consists of learning skills to be able to work in an Internet or a network environment. Key applications include working on word processing, spreadsheet, presentation applications, and the common features of all the applications. Computing Fundamentals involves the fundamental understanding of computing.
The objectives of IC3 Spark are almost similar to IC3 Digital Literacy Certification GS4.
IC3 Fast Track
IC3 Fast Track, as the name suggests, is a digital literacy assessment technique or program, used to vet the skill set of the job candidates or the incoming students. It is useful in assessing the individual’s computer and Internet skills, and therefore his/ her ability to perform in an Internet or network governed environment. IC3 Fast Track is the best way to measure the efficiency of the incoming students and employees, and ensuring that they are quick enough to thrive and excel in the Internet and computer savvy modern world.
Hope, the blog was useful enough for you to get an idea of the IC3 Certification Programs and the subject-matter that contribute to building the awareness about different computer and Internet applications used in diverse business domains. Besides, the global certification and global recognition offered on the successful completion of these certification programs is simply a cherry on the cake!
Learning Technology and Digital Skills
No exception and no excuses! Learning technology refers to information and technology literacy, and which is imperative. Teachers who’ve been hesitant all the while to use computers need to step forward and learn the application of computers and various technologies used in the teaching and learning process. On the other hand, a slightly advanced generation of teachers, who are well-versed with the basic application of word and spreadsheets, needs to uplift itself to learn the advanced aspects of educational applications and technologies. They need to learn advanced technologies such as cloud storage, use of social media for learning, web and image editing, different types of presentation tools and software, etc. Besides, they also need to learn the techniques of integrating technology with learning and make learning an informative, enlightening, and the same time, an enjoyable experience for all the students.
Use of Smart Devices
Of course, it is up to us what we do with the gadget or the device in our hands. Smartphones and smart gadgets supporting better learning and teaching should be used in the classrooms. Every student comes from a different background, and therefore is required to be looked at differently. Teachers becoming adept to the use of smartphones for query clarifications, meanings of difficult/ new words, explaining concepts through intriguing, and relevant videos would actually help every student understand what is taught, rather only a couple or perhaps a few more of them, getting the knack of it.
Teaching until the last generation indulged a lot of papers for lessons, practice and for students to write. However, with the advent of EBooks, the scene is gradually changing, with most students preferring to learn through the EBooks in their smart devices, thus promoting paperless teaching and learning. Teachers here need to get familiar with PDFs, preparing and running presentations, using word documents and the application of various features enhancing the knowledge sharing part. The importance and presence of physical textbooks can never be discounted though!
Those days are gone when teachers used to prepare for the lesson all by themselves. In fact, the idea of involving students in preparing a lesson/ concept never occurred to the teachers from the last generation. But today, the picture is different. Teachers and students dwell on almost the same platform. Today, many teachers collaborate with students and prepare presentations, create digital resources, and projects. Involving students into the teaching planning process gives them an opportunity to closely understand the subject. However, collaboration should not be limited only to sharing learning documents with the students but encouraging active participation of students in all the activities involved in the teaching and learning process.
Ceasing Spoon Feeding
Open page 12, paragraph number 4, and see line number 6! This was a common sight in the traditional classroom I grew up learning. But, today things have changed. Teachers need to de-learn spoon feeding students. Today, students are well-equipped and well within the reach of every information required at their level of understanding and learning.
Teachers also need to understand the diverse requirements brought on the table by every student. Hence, a static learning program may not be as effective as a tailor-made one. Technology increases the possibilities of personalized learning, which empowers every student with the personalized attention (without being spoon-fed) of his/ her teacher. Every student, when given an opportunity to self-explore things, he/ she would own the learning process. Here teachers have a bigger role to play. It goes beyond teaching, termed as guiding and mentoring students.
The flip side of technology is comprised of the various virtual threats occurring on account of vulnerable and poorly guarded systems. Teachers need to take cognizance of such cyber threats, be able to explain the concept of IT security and the measures to prevent such attacks. This will create resilient and qualified users of technology in the years to come.
In the 21st century, teachers are expected to go beyond conceptual teaching. They are expected to help students learn the ways of dealing with real-world scenarios, through the medium of technology. Many teachers have started to realize the importance of developing 21st century skills. Are you already a part of it, or are you next?